by Rick Riordan

Published by Disney Hyperion

A review by John Irvin


“We only came close to dying six of seven times, which I thought was pretty good.” –Percy Jackson

            Percy is in seventh grade and everything seems to be going well—no monsters attacking, an actual peaceful year. That’s until the dodgeball incident with the cannibalistic giants.

            Then Annabeth shows up with more news that adds to the bad repertoire.

            Camp Half-Blood is in over its head—the protective barrier that has guarded the camp for centuries is poisoned. If no cure can be found then there will be no more safe haven for demigods. Monsters could come and go as they please.

            This popular sequel to the Lightning Thief brings a fresh new vision of Greek mythology in present-day times. Percy and his crew must dive into the Sea of Monsters—somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle, naturally. There’s a golden fleece—what Greek-based story would be complete without a magical golden fleece?

            But there’s also Luke Castellan, bringer of dark times and raiser of an ancient force so evil the greatest of the gods had to plot together in secret to destroy it.

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            Though related to its film-counterpart, Sea of Monsters has its own unique plot twists and storyline. It had me laughing half the time.

            It’s been over a week since I wrote the review for the first book, I know. But the idea is to give enough time for you to order the previous one, read it, then be ready to order the next book in a series—such as this one.

            You know how a lot of sequels just don’t seem to live up to their predecessors? Well, this book is not one of them. It was definitely a worthy follow-up and the characters were living, breathing people in my mind. Percy’s sardonic tone as he relates the events will have you chuckling out loud.

            Yes, like its prequel, this work is focused more on a younger age group, but being a 29 year old, I still found it an entertaining page-turner.

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: SEA OF MONSTERS.

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